A good resume is not determined by how extensive it is. In fact, the trick is to fit all the things worth mentioning in your career in only one page. Recruiters are not impressed by the length of the resume, but by your ability to focus on the best things in your professional career.
An article published in Quartz magazine proposes the following scenario: two employers are reading your resume – the first one (Bob) reads the one which is three pages long, while the second one (Mary) reads the one which has only one page. Both of them pay around twenty seconds worth of attention on your resume, which makes it clear that Mary will be left with a better impression of your work, because around two thirds of what Bob read wasn’t good enough to fit on one page.
Consultant Gayle Laakmann McDowell has some interesting tips on how to create a top-notch resume, the kind that impressed Mary so much:
First of all, it is important to pay attention to the exact value of each line in your resume. Try to put things in perspective according to the skills that you are required to have for that particular job and what would be the best experience that would recommend you for it.
You need to learn that there are things that you have to let go, even if it’s difficult. We understand you put a lot of effort into accomplishing certain things and it can be painful to delete them as if they never happened. But think about this: when you’re cutting things out of your life, there is more room for new and exciting things to come!